You Want to Know What?

QAs a writer, I get all sorts of questions tossed at me.  Some of them are what I call repeaters, questions that get asked a lot.  For those, I have my prepared answers down pat.  Some questions are downright funny–people wanting to understand the strange mechanics of how a writer’s mind works.  I usually just make up an answer for those, because please, I don’t understand how my mind works, either.

Some of the questions are just weird, and they make me laugh.  Then there are the others that give me concerns about my fans, readers, and human population in general.  (You know who you are.)

lionHowever, no matter what category those questions fall into, most of the time, I still love being asked.  Why?  First, because curiosity generally means interest and interest could result in book sales, and second . . . I love a good laugh.

So just for grins, and laughs, let me share some of those questions.  I’ll also share my answers.  And okay, because you are who you are, I’m going to go one step further and even give you the truth.

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Question:  Do you ever take your characters with you when you go places?  (I’ve been asked that one more than once?)

Answer:  Of course, I do.  But I insist that they pay their own way, unless I have a buy-one-get-one-free coupon.

Truth:  I usually just stick them in my purse, and don’t feed them and sneak them into places without buying them a ticket.  But seriously, at times, say when I’m out shopping, I will stop and think: Would Miranda wear that outfit?  I’ll conjure her up in my mind and together we’ll shop for an outfit she’s going to wear in my next scene.

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Question:  When you hear your characters talking to you, how do you know that it’s just creativity and not that you really are crazy?

Answer:  Does it really have to be one or the other?

Truth:  Anyone who sits around all day and spends hours envisioning and writing about the lives of their characters, along with making facial expressions in the mirror so she can describe them, has to be a little bit bonkers.   I’m okay with that.

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Question: Is your husband jealous of your heroes? (This answer has variations.)

Answer if Hubby isn’t present when question is asked: “Of course, he’s jealous.  My heroes are so hot, he knows he can’t compete.”

Answer if Hubby is present:  “Jealous?  Why?  He knows I pattern all my heroes after him.”

Truth:  Just as there is a little of myself in each of my heroines, there really is a bit of my husband in all my heroes.

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Question:  What do you do when your characters misbehave?

Answer:  I call the fiction police to arrest them and put them in solitary confinement.

Truth: I generally sit back and enjoy it.  Generally speaking when characters start acting out, those are the best scenes.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any crazy (or not so crazy) questions for me?

11 thoughts on “You Want to Know What?

  1. Hi CC 🙂
    Here’s my akward/weird/superweird question for you (sorry if my english isnt perfect, I’m from belgium (; ) :
    If by mistake, you end up being stucked on a desert island with nothing more than your survivals skills and all of your characters… who’s going to survive the more easily and why ? Plus, who would :
    – be abble to make a fire in less than three minutes ?
    or burn him/herself to death ?
    – find quickly something to eat (and not something poisonous) ?
    – make her/himself a fantastic ‘home sweet home” with just a few wood sticks and plants
    or try to build a place to sleep and failed miserably so he/her have to beg his/her friends for help.
    – be kidnapp by a mysterious stranger or get lost after thirty seconds in the jungle ?
    and why ? 🙂

    “Voilà” 😉 I hope this is going to make you laugh a little bit while thinking of Burnett being somehow stucked on the top of a palm or something like that 😉
    Sarah !
    PS- You are a fantastic author and your books are the only one who makes me feel like I’m home everytime I open them 🙂

  2. Have you ever imagined your characters as full grown adults and knew you would be friends or enemies?

  3. Hi! So I’m kind of new to these books and I just fell in love with them from the moment I met Kylie. I’m on the last book (Chosen at Nightfall) and so far I’m loving it, I don’t want it to end so I’m reading it really slow. My question is that are all of the characters little pieces of who you are, like you put your heart and soul into these people? Well that’s one question… Sorry for the odd question and I apologize if it confuses you. Have a great day!

    • Yes, I think there is a bit of me in every one of my characters. I hope you’ll try Della’s series next as there is a lot of Kylie, MiF campers in her books.

  4. Hello!
    Firstly I want to say that I love all your books (even if my favorite is Born at Midnight) and I’m waiting for Midnight Hour!!!
    So my question is: When you will end the Shadow Falls Series (unfortunately…) will you continue to write this blog?
    I hope so, because I really enjoy reading it!
    Have a great day!

    (If Kylie, Della, Miranda or anyone else is whith you, I say “Hi!” 😀 )

  5. WILL THERE BE MORE?!?! I don’t want to leave this series just yet. Have it started writing anything new??

  6. I have really enjoyed your books and cannot wait for Midnight Hour. I really wish you would come visit here in New York. I really connect to Miranda because my mom is a special Ed teacher and I help her with the kids she works with. How did you get interested in writing and have you only written YA books?

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